10 in 2 - Week of July 24th - Binary in a coal mine

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of July 24th

  • 10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating, and decidedly not about Trump.


  1. Bacilli string. Blowing out birthday candles increases cake bacteria by 1,400 percent. But if you are attending a birthday party this weekend, don’t stress. If birthday cakes significantly contributed to the spread of deadly diseases, it’d be obvious by now given the ubiquity of the practice. (The Atlantic)

  2. Runoff selection. Heavier rainfall will increase water pollution in the future. Researchers anticipate harmful nitrogen outputs to increase as a result of precipitation changes. This is especially true globally, where nitrogen application is higher than in the US. (National Geographic)

  3. Yes yes no I will not give you my credit card number. Popular podcast “Reply All” devoted this week's episode to a months long process of discovering the people behind a tech support scam. It’s an amazing piece of internet radio, which involves hundreds of phone calls to a Delhi based company, and eventually, a trip to India to meet one of the scammers. (Reply All)

  4. Two scoops of Ethics. Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos. Using CRISPR, the scientists are looking to cure a range of diseases, from HIV to muscular dystrophy. After successfully completing the experiment the embryos were destroyed, with no intention to implant them. (MIT Technology Review)

  5. Binary in a coal mine. How We Get to Next, is starting a new multimedia project called “Human Machine” with a look into how new, ubiquitous technologies which change human behavior are demonized by those who dislike them. They are going to show how things are, of course, a little more complicated than good and evil. Subscribe to the newsletter at howwegettonext.com

  6. Gross-erie store. You can experience a staffless, cashless, AI powered convenience store in Beijing. A video on YouTube shows a journalist entering the store, allowed inside only after facial recognition scanning, and a screen inside greets her by name, giving us an interesting glance into the inevitable future. (YouTube)

  7. To our new best friends. While we are on the subject of AI, Carnegie Mellon University's head of machine learning, Manuela Veloso, talks in new video about the challenge AI robots present for humanity, why humanity and AI will be inseparable, and what Siri and Alexa might look like in 2021. (YouTube)

  8. Flight club. NASA Is uploading decades of archival footage to YouTube. Spanning decades, the footage is no-fluff documentation of some of the most important flight tests and aircraft developments in NASA and Air Force history. Check it out, it’s really fun to browse through. (YouTube)

  9. Total eclipse of the heart. In the 1970s, a small group of astronomers used the first prototype of the Concorde to pursue a total eclipse across the Sahara at twice the speed of sound. If seen from the ground it would have lasted 7 minutes, but their careful planning allowed them to witness the eclipse for 74. They succeeded in their goal, and was a lot of fun, but the research led to no new clarity regarding our understanding of solar events. (Motherboard)

  10. Shoot more, read less. There is a popular article on Medium this week that starts out as what I thought was a whiny and regretful self help think piece like we have all have read several times. However, it gets to a point that we think is important: The author outlines how he started replacing his consumption activities with creation: Writing over reading. Shooting video over browsing YouTube. Meeting people rather than spending time on Facebook. Sage advice...so you probably should stop listening to this, and go make your own thing. We’re conveniently okay with that, because this is the end of this week’s episode. (The Mission)

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